A ride home on a late Friday night took a distressing turn for one Colorado family as they became witnesses to a harrowing incident.
As KKTV reports, Tracy Willner was in the car with her family in Colorado Springs when something on the side of the road caught her eye.Screenshot/WALB News
There, she saw a man standing and alerted her husband:
“I said, ‘Honey, slow down. He’s about to throw something.’ And I said, ‘Oh my God, I think he threw a dog.'”
Seconds later, Willner realized what it was the man had tossed into incoming traffic — and it wasn’t a pup.
It was a 2-year-old child.Screenshot/WALB News
Willner recounted the shocking moment to KKTV:
“When the baby stood up, I was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s a kid.'”
Just in the nick of time, the car ahead of them swerved to avoid hitting the child.
Willner and her husband rushed from their vehicle, and she immediately scooped up the child and rocked him:
“I grabbed the baby, and I just held him,” she said. “He was soaking wet; he was crying.”
That’s when the suspect attempted to flee the scene, only to be chased by Willner’s husband and other witnesses.
As KidsSafetyNetwork reports, the men were able to catch and pin down the suspect until police arrived.
Willner remained with the child, consoling him. The boy sustained no serious injuries, but was bleeding from his arm.
The suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Bryant Hickcox, was arrested. According to Denver 7 News, he was a cousin of the child.
Hickcox faces a charge for attempted murder, among others. For now, he is in the El Paso County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
Willner knew it was her duty to help:
“One officer said, ‘You would be surprised at how many people just drive by and don’t get involved because they’re too busy or just don’t want to get involved’ I said, ‘How can you not?'”
She and her family feel lucky that they were in the right place at the right time.